Serendipity often plays a large role in what I end up writing.
As one example, I just read George Lakoff's linguistic piece about how the Democrats should respond to Trump and other right-wingers, and then, in that oddly serendipitous way, I read the identity politics opinion of one right-winger, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI).
The two gentlemen are light years apart in most of their politics, but what they have to say about identity politics* is weirdly similar. Maybe that's because they belong to the same identity group (white guys)?
Let's start by looking at Rep. Duffy's statement:
During a CNN interview this morning, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) acknowledged the Trump phenomenon for what it is — identity politics for white men.
While opining about Trump’s RNC-closing speech, Duffy said, “There’s a viewpoint that says, ‘I can fight for minorities, and I can fight for women,’ and if you get that, you make up a vast majority of the voting block and you win. And white males have been left aside a little bit in the politics of who speaks to them.”
Duffy’s implication is that in Trump, white guys have finally found a candidate who speaks to their concerns.
Whether or not they’re effectively communicating to white male voters, white men are certainly still well represented in Congress. When the 114th Congress was sworn in in January 2015, 80 percent of members were white males. By contrast, white guys only make up roughly 31 percent of the American population.
Bolds, they are mine.
White guys make up the American society's top layers in almost everything one can think of: politics, business, arts and literature, entertainment, journalism, science, medicine, religious and sports organizations etc. etc. White guys earn more, on average, than almost all other racial and gender groups.**
Being a white guy in the US doesn't automatically mean that one will be powerful, of course. There are very poor white men, there are homeless white men, there are white men with horrible problems to cope with, and to the extent the problems of these individuals are amenable to political solutions politicians should try to solve them.
But the crucial point is that it's not being white-and-male which causes problems such as poverty. Indeed, out of the many gender-race combinations the one that results in the least amount of unfair treatment is the combination of white and male.***
So much for Rep. Duffy's opinions.